BUILDING BOOST FOR MANSFIELD SCHOOL
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced that Mansfield Autism Statewide Services (MASS) is one of 34 projects across Victoria that will share in $70 million under Round 3 of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund, which is delivering new schools, increasing capacity and providing modern facilities, as well as supporting the removal of asbestos and cladding.
Mansfield Autism Statewide Services will receive $4.9 million to construct Stage one of a new school campus as part of ‘Operation Gamechanger’, located on their 100-acre therapeutic care farm.
The new campus will help meet existing demand for day and term placement enrolments. The building will have high resilience and low sensory design for autistic children and incorporate bespoke design features to enable non-invasive professional development observation and peer training.
It will comprise of five general learning area classrooms with separate amenities, vocational, life experience, therapy and training spaces with observations areas, break out space and covered circuit.
This funding is in addition to the $6.5 million investment announced earlier this year for the residential care program.
More than one third of Victorian students attend Catholic or independent schools – and this $402 million fund is ensuring students across the state are benefitting from new schools and better, more modern school infrastructure.
In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools across the state and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating 13,500 jobs in construction and through the supply chain.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“The Mansfield Autism Statewide Services is an extraordinary organisation, supporting young people and their families living with Autism, this new campus will further enhance the support that is available to Victorian families.”
“Every Victorian student deserves the best opportunity to thrive when it comes to their education – and we’re proud to support better facilities for every school, whether it’s government, independent or Catholic.”